Software & Apps MS Office How to Add a Background Picture to PowerPoint Slides Personalize your next PowerPoint presentation with one of your photos by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on June 19, 2019 MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email Use any image as the background for one or more slides in your PowerPoint presentation when you want to give your presentation a personal touch. Adjust the picture's transparency so that it doesn't over-power your text. Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010. Choose the Background Picture Carefully By default, the picture you choose for the background of your slide is stretched to fit the slide. To avoid distortion, choose a horizontal format picture and one with high resolution. A picture with high resolution appears crisp and clear, while a picture with low resolution appears blurry when it is enlarged and stretched to fit the slide. Stretching the picture can result in a distorted image. Add and Format a Background Image To add a picture as the background image for a PowerPoint slide: Open the PowerPoint presentation and go to the slide where you want to add a background image. If you want to add it to all of your slides, add it to any slide. Select Design > Format Background. Or, right-click on the slide and select Format Background. The Format Background pane opens. Select Picture or texture fill. Select File to insert a picture from your computer or network drive, select Clipboard to insert a picture you copied, or select Online (or Clip Art in PowerPoint 2010) to search for a picture online. Locate the picture you want to use and select Insert. Set the transparency level for the picture using the Transparency slider. Choose Reset Background to remove the photo so you can start over, Close to apply the picture as the background to one slide, or Apply to All to apply the picture as the background to all the slides in the presentation. To remove the background image, open the Format Background pane and choose Solid Fill or another option.